President Kagame dissolves Rwandan lower house ahead of Sept. 1 elections

Paul Kagame

PRESIDENT Paul Kagame of Rwanda on Thursday dissolved Chamber Of Deputies, the lower house, ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for Sept. 1.

It was the third Chamber Of Deputies since Rwanda held its first post-genocide legislative elections in 2003, which took oath on Oct. 4, 2013, for a five-year term in office.

Under the Constitution, the president is required to dissolve the Chamber of Deputies at least 30 days and not more than 60 days before the expiry of its term.

Lawmakers over the years left no pending draft laws behind after enacting 315 laws, said outgoing Speaker Donatille Mukabalisa at the parliament in Rwandan capital city Kigali, slightly before the dissolution.

The elections of the lower house use one single nationwide constituency, where 53 seats will be directly elected by proportional representation.

The other 27 seats reserved for special interest groups including women, the young and the disabled will be elected indirectly.

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) on Monday released a list of 521 nominated candidates of the elections.

The electoral campaigns will start from Aug. 13 and conclude on Sept. 1, according to NEC. (Xinhua/NAN)

Aug. 9, 2018 @ 17:49 GMT |


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